Dija Know… Joe’s Restaurant Newsletter -158 Winter 2022

 When was your last Rodeo?  or Horse Show? I’ll bet it’s been a while.  Well trust Joe’s to bring it to you!  Look all around you.  If you’ve ever had a horse, yearned for a horse or simply admired a horse, you will really love what’s going on on our walls for the next several months.  For me (Sheila) this is a dream come true – surrounded by her favorite “animal” – without having to do the mucking!  Just kidding.  I don’t mind the mucking – did some of my best thinking while mucking, grooming or riding.


The EQUINE DIVAS ART SHOW is a collective showing of four women artists: Chris Pennington, Patricia Gallegos, Beth Mitchell, Victoria Mauldin. Their beautiful mission is:  “Equine Divas are three painters and one photographer who are presenting a collection of work … What we have in common is our love of animals in general, and horses in particular.  We aim to celebrate, admire and, hopefully, honor these animals who have, historically, only given of themselves to their human partners. “

Sunday Feb 20th between 2:30 and 5:30.

All pieces are for sale.  Purchase one for yourself or a friend. What better symbol or memento of your time here in the still-traditional West than its icon, the mighty and magical horse?

  It’s tricky these days to have a conversation about almost anything with almost anyone.  First of all, speaking through a rag on one’s face creates muffled misunderstandings.  In fear of being labelled hard of hearing one just carries on AS IF you heard the other person.  And things deteriorate into a “Who’s on First” dialog*.  You walk away asking yourself, did I really hear them say that?  I wonder if they understood what I was saying?  and finally, you ask yourself – who was that person anyway?  I’m not sure with the mask if it was who I thought it was.  hmmm.  Then there’s the issue of “which side are you on”?  Side of what, you ask.  Well, we have become super-opinionated and stridently defensive of …well…whatever we are defending.  And there are quite a number of issues we’ve become defensive of these days. So until you know “what side” the other person is on, it’s always been safe to talk about the weather!

In 2012 (eons ago) we, humanity, were told by astrologers, seers, prophets and gurus (those that know FAR more than we) that we had turned a significant corner in our evolution.  That a new age of enlightenment had finally begun.  That Love and Light would pervade; and tolerance, grace and true brotherhood would infuse every interaction

Perhaps the current global issues we are mired in, dwarfing challenges of the past, one might argue, are our test.  Can we surmount, allow or dissolve radical differences with grace while yet maintaining our individual beliefs, integrity, traditions and dignity?

We teeter on the brink of a new world, whose form and character are wholly up to us.

Happy 2022!

            *(for those of you who do not know the famous Bud            Abbott and Lou Costello bit —   click for video)

◆ Joe’s now has booze!  locally distilled gins, whiskeys, vodkas, rums and “tequilas”, in addition to wine and beer of course.

 The connection between food and health is inarguable.  Years ago I personally paid the price for ignorance about nutrition. Not that I didn’t study nutrient values, not that I didn’t follow the food pyramid, not that I didn’t juice every vegetable under the sun, not that I didn’t take supplements, not that I didn’t avoid fast food…. etc. etc.  But somehow that day when I tried to jump on my mare’s back as I normally did and found I suddenly lacked the power to do so, the deeper questioning about health began.  I had lost strength! It was a new and very uncomfortable feeling. I first bought into the “just getting older” (at 44!) crap.  But things got worse.  Without going into details, I eventually found myself trying to dig out of a deep painful hole.  

One of the first steps nutritionally was to try the gluten-free way of eating.  That helped. Then raw food, then juicing, then vegan.  I did begin to feel better and my system was as clean as a whistle but … still no real vigor.  It’s been a long journey, but as I continued to read and research and reached back into our ancient genetic make-up, I began to emphasize more and more the quality of food that I chose to eat (grass fed and finished, local and organic when possible) and the sufficiency of protein and saturated fat.  Well any body builder could have told me that, but I was swayed by diet fads.  High carb, low fat, no fat, all raw, vegetarian and even vegan.  It just did not work for me.  I had to go back in time – wayyy back – to examine what my ancestors thrived on and why archeologically our ancestors rarely suffered the litany of chronic ailments that are commonplace now – even in our youngsters.  Nutrition is absolutely fundamental to good health.  There are many other factors of course but today along with some magnificent technologies to support my strength, I thrive on a low lectin (a very few plants), high fat and medium-high protein diet.  Although I’d do better without, I enjoy my glass of wine daily and dessert from time to time.  I don’t pretend to know what will support your vigor and strength, but for me, the journey took me backward in time.  I had to disconnect from trends and fads and reconnect with my ancient homo sapien roots.  It just made sense to me.  And while I still have a way to go, my health and my strength, is far better than it was 20 years ago.  There are several doctors and researchers who write/post articulately on the subject:  
Shawn Baker MD, Paul Saladino MD, Lisa Wiedman MD, Jordan Peterson MD and many others.

 Saturated fat is simply not the culprit in heart disease.  If you still believe that, I want to try to disavow you of that notion.  Inflammation is the cause, not cholesterol.  And statins are not the quick fix we all thought them to be.  There is no negotiating what the body needs.  The macronutrients – fat, protein and carbohydrates – as close to how nature presents them, is our only way out of this disease mess we are in.  So many diseases, so common now – it is deplorable.  But knowledge is always our answer.  The blame rests squarely on processed foods and fake foods (like Beyond Meat).  These “foods” cause inflammation and toxins from them accumulate in several favorite depositories in the body.  Statins will not correct the issue.  This heart surgeon lends credibility to my conclusions.

Dr. D.Lundell, former Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Banner Heart Hospital in AZ told the world not to take statin drugs. “We physicians with all our training and authority often acquire a large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong.  So here it is. I freely admit to being wrong. As a heart surgeon with 25 year’s experience having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries, today is my day to right the wrong with scientific fact.”  His frontal attack on the field of cardiology tears apart the practice of prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake.  Doctors in this field have been continually attending education seminars, all of which insisted heart disease resulted from elevated blood cholesterol. They were wrong.  Unfortunately for too many people – dead wrong.

So, relax, enjoy your butter, your eggs, your fatty meats.  Avoid or limit the vegetable oils (except olive and coconut) and get sufficient magnesium.  Your arteries can heal.

 If you have dairy or gluten sensitivities, our Morning Glory Muffin is so delicious and yet substantial.  It will tide you over easily ’til lunch time!

 A Tuesday night tradition at Joe’s – it’s Spaghetti and Chianti Night.  $44 for two will get you Caesar Salad, Spaghetti with homemade Bolognese and a great ½ liter of Chianti.  Wadda deal!  The Bolognese sauce is made with our grass-fed-and-finished beef, slow-cooked in the traditional Italian fashion.

  “Did you check your VIT D3 level yet?”  she nagged.  (see last newsletter.)  It’s important enough to repeat.

  Joe’s will give you $10.  What’s the catch?  Well the way we figure it, if you cut out the middleman by NOT using a credit card, we can give that back to you and then some.  Credit cards cost the retail merchant about 3-5% and extra time & paperwork.  Now let’s be real – in today’s world one cannot function without one.  But there are a few (legal) alternatives that reduce our dependency on the Big Banks and actually save us all money.  We have a couple of suggestions: (1.) Joe’s Check List – If you are a “regular” and wish to pay by check, please ask your waiter to get you on the list.  (2.) Joe’s gift card – purchase  $100 gift card with cash or check or silver or gold coin, get a $10 free bonus! Your $100 gift card will actually buy you $110 worth at Joe’s. 

  Some of the farmers & ranchers who supply Joe’s: They get their seeds from heirloom seed banks, family and friends, their fertilizer from animals and compost and their agronomic advice from tradition:  Monte Vista Organics, Mesa Ranch Beef and Liver, Jacona Farms, Green Tractor, Camino de Paz, Synergia Ranch, Romero Farms, Shepherd’s Lamb, Sweetgrass Co-op, Susan’s Sprouts, Maya’s Mushrooms, Jake’s Farm and others.


Giggles:  our changing times

 A shoutout to everyone who can remember their childhood phone number but can’t remember the password they created yesterday.  You are my people!

 Don’t let them take your temperature on your forehead as you enter the grocery store.  It’s a government plot to erase your memory.  I went for a quart of milk and a loaf of bread and came home with a case of beer and 12 bottles of wine.

 Of questionable taste – do not read:  A husband and wife are setting up passwords on their computer.  The man types in mypenis. The woman starts laughing hilariously because the pop-up window says – “Error, not long enough”

Joe’s Dining
2801 Rodeo Rd (at Zia Rd) Santa Fe, NM   87507  505-471-3800       www.JoesDining.com
Mission:  to strengthen our health, 
to protect our land, 
to grow our economy 
by serving local sustainable food.